Obama to visit Australia in November
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 12:00
Washington: US President Barack Obama will visit Australia in November to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the alliance between the two countries.

"At the invitation of Prime Minister Gillard, the President will visit Australia on November 16-17 in connection with the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS alliance, which plays a critical role in the security of the entire Asia-Pacific region" the White House has said.

"Australia is one of the US' closest allies and our troops have served together bravely in Afghanistan and conflict zones throughout the world," it said.

This visit would immediately follow the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Council) Leaders Meeting hosted by Obama in Hawaii and provide the two leaders an opportunity to build on the APEC agenda and expand bilateral cooperation to increase global economic growth, trade and jobs, it said.

Obama looks forward to consulting closely with Gillard on global and regional issues in preparation for the East Asia Summit to be held later that week in Bali, Indonesia, the White House said.


First Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 12:00

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